Windows 10 may not be updated as frequently as Windows 11, but it still has its share of bugs and breakages with each new monthly update. KB5016616, which was released on August 9, as part of the August 2022 Patch Tuesday cycle, apparently breaks down device audio functionality.
A few issues were discovered just minutes after KB5016616 was released, including a bug where the update installation will fail. The “Windows 10 August 2022 Update”, otherwise known as “Windows 10 Patch Tuesday August 2022 Update”, is only a minor update, although many users are currently experiencing issues.
The problems encountered may have also affected those of older versions of the OS, in particular the 2004 version and the 20H2 version. This is because version 21H2 and earlier versions of Windows 10 share system files and the core operating system.
KB5016616 update breaks audio functionality and causes audio stuttering, according to reports we have seen.
It looks like Microsoft is aware of the reports and is working on a workaround. In an update to the support document, Microsoft has confirmed that KB5015878 (July 2022 Preview) and KB5016616 (August 2022 Patch Tuesday) break audio drivers and some devices lose access to audio.
In a statement, Microsoft officials confirmed that “affected machines may not have sound”, but the situation may vary from device to device. For example, in some cases, Microsoft observed that devices could only experience issues on “certain ports, certain audio devices, or only in certain apps.”
The bug hits devices that had a feature called “audio enhancements” turned off before the update was installed.
How to Fix Audio Problems Caused by Windows 10 KB5016616
If you have paused updates and KB5016616 is not installed, you can prevent this issue from occurring in the first place by following these steps:
- Update your audio device driver, audio driver or sound card drivers from Windows Update optional settings. Or you can also visit the manufacturer (OEM) webpage and download old or new drivers and then reinstall them. This can avoid the problem when you install the cumulative update.
- You should also back up settings for applications such as Open Broadcaster Software (OBS). In some cases, you may need to run your own tests by installing updates and checking if your advanced audio application works as expected.
If you have already installed the update and you are unable to uninstall Windows Update, you can follow these steps:
- Launch Windows Audio/Sound Troubleshooter and let it run for a while. This might be able to fix issues in some cases.
If audio access remains interrupted, you will need to disable “Audio enhancements” in the settings:
- Open Start > Settings > System > Sound and select your audio device from the drop-down menu. This can be found under Input > Device Properties > Additional device properties).
- You’ll find the toggle to turn off audio enhancements on the Enhancements tab or the Advanced tab.
- Select the option “Disable all enhancements” or “Disable all sound effects”, then click OK.
It should also be noted that Microsoft has pushed out an emergency update to fix issues with the audio device. A future cumulative update should also come with fixes.